No shopping at Auto Zone for me...
A robber sticks up an Auto Zone. An employee runs out to his car, gets his gun, returns with it, and the robber flees. His manager is grateful, but company HQ fires the employee because he violated their policy against employees have guns in the store.
Thanx for this info..I did reach out to AutoZone (via Hampton Rds,Va)and did lrt them know my feeling for such a company which did not recognize the US Constitution.
Posted by: Ceefour at December 2, 2012 09:50 AM
"[N]ot recognize the US Constitution" is over the top and unfair, Ceefour. As a private property owner with no resemblance to a state actor (as, for example, even a private university might have), they have every right to have this policy.
They shouldn't have this policy, and you should let them know that, but don't make yourself sound like a nut when you do.
Posted by: Steven at December 2, 2012 02:06 PM
When an entity punishes a person because he used his God given right to defend himself and/or others and uses a tool granted him through the 2nd amendment of The Constitution (within reason of commonsense)because it is contrary to "company policy" there seems,to me, something very wrong with that "company policy" And there always seems to be an apologist who will defend said companypolicy..no matter what. Sure this company has the "right" to do what it wants and thats a crying shame....aint it????
Posted by: Ceefour at December 2, 2012 04:08 PM
I dropped a message on them, telling them that I spend over $100.00/month at the local NAPA store and will continue to patronize them, even though the A.Z. store is more convenient.
FWIW: the one time I was in the A.Z. store, their anti-theft outfit sounded off when I went through it, apparently due to my (legally carried) pistol. That was a bit disconcerting, but I had a repeat of the experience at Best Buy and Wal-Mart on the same evening.
Posted by: jdunmyer at December 2, 2012 04:44 PM
My message to Auto Zone:
The young man Devin McClean who thwarted an armed robbery in your Auto Zone store in York County Virginia displayed extraordinary courage and loyalty to you his employer in terminating a felony and possible serious injury or death to his fellow employees. Your company saw fit to reward him by terminating his employment.
Your "gun free zone" policy which ensures defenseless employees and customers for criminals who obviously have no respect for your employees or customers and your treatment of a courageous employee has compelled me to refrain from shopping at your stores.
Posted by: Woody W Woodward at December 2, 2012 06:10 PM
ceefour, Please refrain from making the statement that the US Constitution and any of its amendments (especially the 2nd) GRANT us anything! We have rights that are not dependent on a piece of parchment. The Constitution is a contract between We the People and our government. Further, it is a restraint on the government with a list things it shall NOT do: the Bill of Rights.
Posted by: Dennis at December 2, 2012 08:39 PM
Posted by: Ceefour at December 3, 2012 09:16 AM
@Woody: Does AZ even have a no-guns policy that applies to customers? I don't think that's relevant in this case.
Posted by: John Hardin at December 5, 2012 07:51 AM